2017 was the year we resurrected a vintage Spectrum tradition... the Expo! For the past several years, we have been doing All-Star Week, a week of end-of-year gymnastics shows that we did Monday-Saturday in the gym. While All-Star week certainly has its benefits, we decided, given the growth of our programs, to try to bring back the Expo this year.
It started Friday night when staff, husbands, and parent volunteers helped load equipment from Spectrum into a Uhaul, meanwhile, the LHS gymnastics team was setting up their equipment (their vault table, uneven bar set, high beam, and floor mat) at the LHS gym. It took two Uhaul trips (making Sean more determined than ever to fit everything in the Uhaul in ONE trip going back) to get everything we needed from Spectrum brought over to LHS. From there, we took a giant heap of mats and turned it into the set-up for a day of shows. We had everything from the four major events (vault, bars, beam, and floor) to ninja mats to an air track to a bouncy house!
Saturday started bright and early at 8:00am to put the finishing touches on the setup, brief our team volunteers, and to do a dress rehearsal for the team dance. We had members of our competitive team as line/group leaders and event assistants. We even had a few alumni come back and help out too!
We busted out two preschool shows, two recreational shows, and one hot-shot and preteam show, all with totally PACKED bleachers! Each show opened with our team dance/gymnastics demonstration that generated many oohs and aahs, followed by ten 5 minute rotations of gymnastics and bouncy house, as well as a rotation specifically for picture taking with the podium and for a water break!
Around 6:00 when the final show was completed, it was time to break down all the equipment, pack it up, and bring it back. THIS time, Sean fit everything into the Uhaul on ONE try. Our volunteers helped us put it away back at the gym and around 7:30 (11.5 hours after our day began), we were finally done!
It took A LOT of work planning and organizing in the past couple months, and A LOT of physical work put in from Friday night-Saturday night but it was TOTALLY worth it. We got a lot of awesome feedback on the Expo and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. We could not have made any of this possible without the help of: our hard-working, gymnastics-loving staff, our amazing competitive team members who devoted their entire day to performing and helping, our incredible parent volunteers who devoted their time and muscles to help us move, the LHS athletic department for use of the facility, and of course, all the members of our Spectrum family who share their babies with us!
Thank you for another amazing year. Make sure you come see us this summer for our fun and unique summer camps!
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
Spectrum Gymnastics Academy
26 Buttrick Rd
About the Author
Coach Sarah is a former Rhode Island College gymnast, NCGA National qualifier, All-American, current gymnastics coach and judge, and contributor for the gymnastics news source, The Gymternet. Find out what's going on at Spectrum and learn more about the incredible sport of gymnastics!
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